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Cow progeny centre

  • He said the state government will set up a cow progeny protection board and set up "goshalas" to take care of cows which stop producing milk besides old cows and its progeny.


  • The Bombay High Court today refused to stay certain provisions of a beef ban law in Maharashtra that covered even animals slaughtered outside the state but directed the government not to take any coercive action for three months against those found in possession of this meat.

  • The Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, enforced last month by the state government, bans slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks and also consumption and possession of their meat.

  • Three petitions were filed challenging Sections 5(d) and 9(a) of the Act which prohibits possession, transportation and consumption of meat of cow, bulls and bullocks even if the animals have been slaughtered outside Maharashtra.

  • HC gives 3 months relaxation on this.

Bhagyshree scheme

  • Maharashtra government has launched Bhagyashree scheme for girls. The scheme replaces state government’s previous Sukanya scheme.

  • Bhagyashree  scheme was launched by was launched by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with the actress Bhagyashree who is brand ambassador of the scheme. Under the Sukanya scheme, the state government was to earmark an amount of Rs. 21,200 for each girl child born in a Below the Poverty Line (BPL) family.

  • While the Bhagyashree scheme aims at providing one lakh rupee on maturity after the girl completes 18 years of age. State government is seeking to link the Bhagyashree scheme with the Union Government’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.

MH scraps 5% education quota for Muslims

  • Maharashtra government has scrapped 5 per cent job quota for Muslims in the state. In this regard Devendra Fadnavis led BJP-Shiv Sena government has released a Government Resolution (GR).

  • The GR also states that an ordinance to provide 5 per cent job quota had lapsed on December 2014. Thus, this GR nullifies the previous notification issued by the previous NCP-Congress government granting 5 per cent reservation to Muslims.

  • Background

  1. In June 2014, then Congress-NCP government had approved a 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and 5 per cent for Muslims just ahead of the October 15 Assembly polls.

  2. This reserved quota was given through two separate categories, namely the Educationally and Socially Backward Category (ESBC) for Marathas, as well as a Special Backward Class (Muslims) segment for the Muslims based on findings of Justice Sachar Committee.

  3. However in November 2014, Bombay High Court had stayed this state government’s reservation quota complying with the Supreme Court’s 50 per cent fixed reservation cap. Later, state government had challenged the decision of the High Court in the Supreme Court, but the SC refused over rule the interim decision of the High Court.

My take: I don’t support Maratha reservation

  • Today this Maratha community dominates the politics of Maharashtra with nearly half the ministers in the government belonging to this community. They do control 80 % percent of suger industries of western Maharashtra. In Maharashtra one sugar mill is considered as an equivalent to the seat of  one MLA.

  • Though economically backward, but certainly not educationally & socially backward.

Why 50% reservation is allowed only.

  • The Supreme Court of India ruled that reservations could not exceed 50% (which it judged would violate equal access guaranteed by the Constitution) and put a cap on reservations.

  • It can be more than 50% only under exceptional circumstances.

Why TN has 69% reservation then

Let's check the possible constitutional deadlock about the decision. As earlier stated only the state in which there is an extraordinary situation can operate for more than 50 % reservation criteria. In case of Tamilnadu reservation entitled is 69%. When the case was filed in Supreme Court against Tamil government's decision the state argued that the reservation policy in Tamilnadu is continuing from the year 1921. The reservation was the result of the social movements which happened before 1921. So they argued that the reservation policy was continuing much before Mandal commission's decision on and hence this fulfills the exception criteria of Tamil Government.. Supreme Court of India ordered them to submit quantifying data about different caste for continuing the reservation. Meanwhile Tamil government has also passed the Tamilnadu reservation act 1994 to validate their decision.

Relief package for drought areas of MH

  • Union Government on 24 March 2015 sanctioned 2,000 crore rupees as a relief package for the areas affected by drought in Maharashtra in the year 2014. Decision in this regard was taken at high-level committee meeting of National Disaster Management headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

  • The amount has been sanctioned by the Committee under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). The relief package was sanctioned by the high level committee proposal after they had examined the inputs of the central team which visited the drought affected areas of the State. 

  • The sanctioned amount is four times higher than the amount of nearly 500 crore rupees sanctioned in the year 2013.

  • In the year 2014, due to poor Monsoon many parts of Maharashtra state were affected from severe drought conditions which in-turn had severe impact on the crop yields and drinking water supply.

  • Apart from this decision, the high-level committee meeting also decided to sanction the required assistance from NDRF to the flood hit Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The committee decided to sanction this assistance after examining the proposals of the Central Team to the States affected by severe Natural Disasters in the year 2014.

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